CMS Staff Member Selected to Perform National Anthem at St. Louis Blues Game

Sep. 14, 2017

Community Music School Staff Member Sings for the St. Louis Blues
Rebecca Drury will sing at the Blues vs. Coyotes game on Jan. 20

Rebecca Drury, branch coordinator for the Faust Park location (Leon Strauss Center for Music) of the Community Music School of Webster University, has been selected as one of nine artists chosen to perform the National Anthem with the St. Louis Blues. She will perform at the Blues vs. Coyotes game on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018.

Part of a new partnership between the St. Louis Blues and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, auditions were held to choose an artist to perform the national anthem at one of the games this season. Over 650 contestants took part in the first round by submitting a video audition. 34 finalists were asked to audition in person with only 14 making it to the final round. Originally hoping for just one, the judging committee decided to extend an invitation to nine artists ranging from soloists to a violinist playing on an electronic violin.

A native of Springfield, Missouri, Drury grew up singing in high school then pursued her bachelor of music and master of music degrees in Vocal Performance at Missouri State University. Since moving to St. Louis in 2005, she has sung with the St. Louis Chamber Chorus and last year added "Victorian Caroler" to her repertoire as part of the St. Charles Christmas Traditions Festival. She has played multiple operatic and musical theatre roles including Belinda in "Dido and Aeneas", Prince Orlofsky in "Die Fledermaus", Maria in "The Sound of Music" and Lily in "The Secret Garden." In addition to her vocal work, Rebecca studies dance at the Dancing Thru Life studio and has performed as both dancer and vocalist in their annual "Performing for Life" production.

In recent years, Drury has developed a newfound passion for programming thematic recitals to creatively engage the senses with music and art, serving as a freelance coordinator of collaboration projects with fellow local artists.

About Community Music School of Webster University

Founded in 1925, CMS offers outstanding music education and performance opportunities to students of all ages and abilities and serves the entire St. Louis metropolitan region. Classes are available in University City, at Faust Park in West County, and at CMS headquarters located on the Webster University campus in Webster Groves. 

The Community Music School of Webster University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and is a certified member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts. The Community Music School receives assistance from the Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis and the Regional Arts Commission. The Preparatory Program is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

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